Thursday, January 21, 2010

Soccer With Scoring? Oh It's True..

- A wild and wooly second leg to Aston Villa and Blackburn's Carling Cup semifinal yesterday. Would you believe TEN goals?? Rovers got a pair of early scores from Nikola Kalinic (who has 0 Premier League goals this season) to go up 2-0. From then on it was a veritable game of Arena Football, ending up with Villa on top 6-4, giving them the 7-4 aggregate win and putting them in the final against either Man U or Man City.

- There was also League action in England yesterday, and a couple of significant changes in the table. Arsenal is now tied with Chelsea for tops in the league after beating Bolton 4-2 yesterday. As seems to have been the theme of yesterday's action, the Gunners fell behind 2-0 early. Goals from Tomas Rosicky and Cesc Fabregas evened things up though, and Thomas Vermalaen scored off the scramble after a corner to put Arsenal up to stay.

- Liverpool is now only a point out of being back in their familiar spot of the top 4, getting two goals from Dirk Kuyt in an impressive 2-0 home win over Tottenham.

- Bordeaux extended their lead in Ligue 1 to a commanding 8 points with a come from behind 3-1 win at 10 man Grenoble.

- Add Kevin Williams to the list of Vikings d-linemen who are nursing injuries. He was held out of practice with a knee injury Wednesday, so added to Ray Edwards that's now 2 of their 4 starting d-linemen who are very banged up ahead of the NFC Championship game.

- The Seahawks new GM is John Schneider. In addition to being on the Dukes of Hazzard as Bo Duke, and playing Clark Kent's father on Smallville, he used to work as an intern for the Packers. Part of his job was writing player assessments, such as this piece of hard core analysis, “Reggie White is a very good football player". Not making this up. With football acumen such as this, I think we know who the team of 10's is going to be.

- Who will the Raiders next head coach be? Jim Fassel? Marc Trestman? Jim Harbaugh? Only Al Davis knows for sure, but one thing is certain, nobody wants this job.

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